Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind Series #1)

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind Series #1)

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by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

ISBN-10: 0842329129

ISBN-13: 9780842329125

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days

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In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.

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Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
Left Behind Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.24(d)
860L (what's this?)

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Left Behind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 948 reviews.
Strides More than 1 year ago
Absolutely surprised me with how good it was! I balked at reading it at first and put it off for a good year or so before I finally picked it up and I was blown away. It is haunting, creepy, funny, spot-on scripture, romantic, and thrilling. The authors have expertly wrapped fiction around scripture, without losing any of the credibility and viability of Biblical doctrine, rather enforcing it. For those with a spiritual interest in the Rapture and Endtimes prophesies, this book is a must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got this book as a present, I had my real doubts. I'm not a person that even likes church, and if I had my choice I wouldn't go, so you could easily see my preconceived ideas of this book, but when I read it and I just couldn't put it down. I was so wrapped up in the plot and the storylines, that at parts I felt like I was one of the characters in the book. Left behind was one of the best books I've read, and now I'm on 'Apollyon.' I can't wait to read, 'Asassans', the conclusion to the end of the earth.
chillySM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's style in which he deals with the eventual truth and turns it into fiction. Ironically, this fiction will eventually be truth. This is a well written series. The characters appear to come to life as if they are very real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive already read the series and couldnt put it down. I read like the first six in a few weeks,and could hardly wait for the others. I will say if youre not a Rapture beliving christian then you might not like the series. Keep in mind it is fictional,but Jenkins and Le Haye did such a great job of potraying Buck,Rayford,Chloe...ect that for a minute you might belive they exsist. My favoriet is Buck and Dr, Rosensweig. I love how they give a little background on each character a little into reading the story. Which they do even more in the book the Rising. It is a little slow at first,and they really push the how to get saved bit alot! It comes up almost with each developing character,but after you get passed all that you get into the heart of the story,and kinda get a feel for what the group is up against. All in all a great series,but i would not reccomend readingnit before bed,unless your already an insomniac like me. Because once you start its like potato chips,you cant read just one or two chapters. Youll habe read the whole thing before you even relize it:) P.s. if you were as dissapointed in the movies as I was check out the Dramatic Audio versions. Very close to the books almost spot on. It has great acting,sound effects,and they will make the book come to life in your imagination. Its fun because you get this idea of what the characters actually feel and even your own image of what they might look like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should this book The entire series is great
KC-RN66 More than 1 year ago
I'm not big on reading just for entertainment purposes, but I decided to read this book because it was purportedly based on the book of Revelation. I never really understood that book of the Bible, it only scared me. After reading this book (and the 11 that follow in the series), I understand what Revelation is all about, and it no longer scares me. The authors of this book are exceptionally creative. The feeling of being right there with the characters, in the middle of everything, was an adventure like no other!! This is a powerful read! To this day, I find my mind drifting back to the characters and wondering what they are doing now! LOL! I strongly recommend reading this book, as it's entertaining and informative as well. Be sure to read the books that follow in that series. Together, they tell the whole story of Revelation and what really is going to happen in the end times, according to God's word.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the first five books in this series, and I will probably finish it. This is not a credit to the writing ability of the authors, but solely to the idea. Much of these books are filler. Be it a soapbox on abortion or 25 year old Uber-Journalist virgins, these books TRY so hard to be the Christian ideal at times that the dialogue ends up as little more than propaganda. That being said, the premiss is intriguing enough and the plot moves quickly enough that I genuinely look forward to picking up the next book. I do not, however look forward to reading Rayford's stance on drinking, adultery or sloth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. As I was reading the comments it seemed like it was either a great book or a horrible book. Nothing in the middle. I feel that this book has a huge impact in what may happen to us. No one knows when but its never to late to prepare yourselves. I feel that everyone should be able to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book talks about the Rapture in the Bible chapter Revelation. In fact, the whole series is about Revelation! I am not finished with it yet, but I hope I will get to read the rest of this great series of books when I do get finished reading this amazingly written book. I waiting to eventually watch the movies made on book 1, 2, and 3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It was the best book I have read in a long time and I can't wait to read the others and the kids series.
sammyNY More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, ordered the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Left Behind', written by Tim La Haye and Jerry Jenkins, begins a series that everyone should read. Each page, each chapter, and each of the six books that have already been published, leave the reader in suspense and wanting to continue the breathtaking events of those who will be left behind following the Rapture of Believers. Those who are left behind will enter the scenerio of what is predicted to be the worst ever catastophes and events that the world has ever known. This period of seven years duration is called the Tribulation. La Haye and Jenkins draw their information from the prophetic book of the Bible, called The Revelation. It is easy to follow the sequence of the events in the fiction novel, as you read this final book of the Bible. By putting interesting characters into the novel, it brings the reality of the possibilies that will come, into a very comprehensible perspective. These books appeal to those who are both avid readers, and also to the many who ordinarily do not consider themselves 'readers'. It is read by all intellects and all ages, young and old. It is obvious that Tim La Haye and Jerry Jenkins are warning people of 'things to come', and do not want anyone to be left behind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok you must read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a great series of books. Should be read by everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the books that i have ever read this book has to be the greatest one ever. My mom saw that i was getting bored with the books that i was reading and that i was maturing so i was ready to read this sereas. I was 11 when i started reading these books and i had been reading mandie and nancy drew books and as soon as i read the first chapter i could tell that these would be very exciting. I can usuially read books this size in about 3 weeks but i read it in about 15 days. The things in this book resemble the way things xould happen durring and after the rapture but i have to keep telling myself that this is only a way it could happen and not the way things will happen exactly. Like it says that all kids dissappear in the repture but they may not. Or it says that everyone dissappears leaving their clothes behind in a neat pile. I am just saying that this book comes alive an you feel like you are in the middle of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kids' Series is Wonderful!!!! I love them! I haven't read the adult series, but everyone should read the Kids series.I can't describe the intensity of the books. They are GREAT!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this book doesn't Move you towards Christ-I Don't know what will. To be left behind, is to miss out on the greatest coming event Christians inticipate. This book brings to light, what the world (from a Christian standpoint) will encounter, miss out on, and be forced to live with- without God's numbered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days, very captivating. I was so indulged in reading LB that I didn't want to stop to eat because it captured my attention so strongly. I just saw so many people reading it and decided to get it for myself. I was even more eager to read the next book: Tribulation Force. Reading LB has motivated me into reading my Bible and praying more now. I've obtained a boldness to speak to others about Jesus and to inform them of the limited time we have left to get ready. I most highly recommend everyone to read Left Behind to get a greater insight on what life will be like if anyone of us are left behind. It is truely an attention getting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took forever to read this simplistic and repetitive lessons of Revelations
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
In Left Behind LaHaye and Jenkins craft a fascinating story of what it will be like on earth when Jesus comes again and gathers believers from all nations to heaven. The book opens with an airplane pilot, Captain Rayford Steele, having an urge to see his flight attendant Hattie, putting his plane on autopilot and walking out the cockpit only to find her terrified, telling him more than 100 passengers were missing from the plane. They turned the London bound plane around and headed to Chicago. The place was scary with planes wrecked and burning, emergencies vehicles flashing lights as they wound around the wrecks, and people walking through the grass to the terminal. At incredible cost he managed to get home where he discovers his wife and son missing. It was bedlam worldwide. For Rayford Steele it meant investigating his wife’s Bible to see if he could figure things out. For Buck it meant going to work where he cried in front of his colleagues. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele meets his daughter Chloe and gets a tape left at church for those left behind which will lead to their conversion. When Buck meets with Alan Tompkins of Scotland Yard, he learns some people can murder but can’t be prosecuted because they have power. He has to use a phony name. What did Rayford find when he got home before Chloe one night? Why did Scotland Yard contact Buck? What does Bruce teach those gathered at New Hope Church? What was happening in Jerusalem? What was the Tribulation Force and who were the four members?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. It is crazy that this will happen someday.
Savedat16 More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th time I am reading the "Left Behind" series. I always find new information I missed the first time around. LaHaye & Jenkins have a way of describing events so you can visualize them while reading. This series comes as close to explaining the book of Revelation as I could find. When I read the series the first time I couldn't buy the books fast enough. The story flies through the entire series. It is still the same way. If you are trying to understand the Rapture & the Tribulation, this series is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is so much like the book but the 777 on the cover does not make any sense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tim Lahaye and Jarry B. Enking Left Behind Star Rating 4/5 This book was very good. I just couldn't stop reading it. It is the first of a very good series. I have read the other two and they are just as good. There is chaos after hundreds of people disapear just leaving clothes and belongings. Buck and a few of his friends try to save the world from the evil Nicolae. it was a little hard because hard to get through at some parts,but other parts I read really fast. It has some adventure and a little chaos. I like how the auther words the story. I am very glad to have taken the time to read it.